Keith was stationed between the teamsâ€™ benches and was exchanging verbal barbs all game with Bees forward Brady Leavold. In the third, Leavold put his stick in front of Keithâ€™s lens to block his view. Keith then grabbed Leavoldâ€™s stick, leading to Boogaard coming in and punching the photographer twice on top of his head.
Boogaard was unavailable for comment.
Keith said he isnâ€™t planning on filing any charges against Boogaard. He also isnâ€™t holding any grudges against Boogaard or Leavold, but will shoot tonightâ€™s game from the arenaâ€™s press box.
â€œThis is just unfortunate. I think Boogaard made a poor judgment choice. I shouldnâ€™t have been there, I shouldnâ€™t have chirped back,â€ Keith said. â€œI kind of feel it was a self-defense thing. I just didnâ€™t want the stick hitting my camera. I didnâ€™t want it hitting me in the face. Maybe (Leavold) was just screwing around, tempers flare with stuff like that.
â€œI hold no grudge against Boogaard.â€
After that, Boogaard was given an unsportsmanlike conduct and a game misconduct for the incident. That wasnâ€™t the end of it, however, as Bees coach Terry Ruskowski said a cowbell was thrown at their bench and that a drink was spilled on him.
Ruskowski said he told a linesman about the situation between the benches earlier in the game and thought it would be taken care of before it escalated.
It wasnâ€™t, and it culminated in what happened in the third period.
â€œIf weâ€™re in trouble so is (Texas) because the lack of security,â€ Ruskowski said.
When reached for comment, Brahmas president Mike Barack said â€œIâ€™ve seen a lot of things in hockey over many, many years and this is one of the crazier things Iâ€™ve witnessed.â€
The teams play again tonight.